Two men, John and Joseph, can paint a house in 12 days, John alone can paint the house in 20 days. How long will it take Joseph to paint the house alone?
Another way, using ratios:
John paints the house in 20 days, so paints of the house every day.
Joseph paints the house in days, so paints of the house every day.
Together, every day they would paint of the house every day.
So if we set up a ratio "amount : days"
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So that means they would take days to paint the entire house. Since we are told that together they take 12 days, that means
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So it will take Joseph 30 days.